MiLB Recap Blog: 'Caps Surge Into First

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April 26th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 10, TOLEDO 3
9-8, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, HARRISBURG 4
10-6, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 5, LAKELAND 3
7-9, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GM1: WEST MICHIGAN 3, LANSING 1
GM2: WEST MICHIGAN 4, LANSING 2

12-3, 2nd in Eastern Division

It was another rough outing for Toledo and company as they fell to Louisville, and in turn out of first place in the division, with a 10-3 loss. Scot Drucker had his second straight rough outing, allowing seven runs in four innings of work. Fu-Te Ni did toss two innings of scoreless relief, and Freddy Dolsi pitched in one as well. Dusty Ryan had a solo home run for the 'Hens, while Clete Thomas added two hits. Jason Tyner and Don Kelly each chipped in with an RBI.

Dontrelle Willis was in Erie as he continues to mount his comeback to Detroit. Willis earned the victory, pitching six innings, while allowing just two runs on three hits. Willis also walked three and struck out six. Cody Satterwhite was a bit shaky in relief, allowing a pair of runs and walking three in 2 2/3 innings - he also threw two wild pitches. At the plate, Ryan Strieby and Brennan Boesch led the way. Each had a home run, while they combined to drive in seven runs. Cale Iorg, again trying to break out of his early season slump, had a triple and a walk.

Daytona trumped Lakeland yet again on Sunday, despite a late push by the Flying Tigers in the ninth. With a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth, the Flying Tigers got Justin Henry to the plate as the tying run, but he lined out to end the rally and the game. Lauren Gagnier took his first loss of the year, giving up all five Daytona runs (four earned). Andy Dirks had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort, with Michael Bertram adding two hits and scoring a run.

The Whitecaps swept their doubleheader with Lansing on Sunday, moving into first place in the division. In the opener, Casey Crosby got his second win of the year, giving up one unearned run in five innings of work. He also struck out three while allowing just three hits. Brayan Villareal got the save for pitching the final two innings without allowing a run. Bryan Pounds had two hits and two runs scored, including a solo home run. In the late game, Matt Hoffman improved to 3-0 with the 'Caps 4-2 win, giving up two runs over six innings with six strikeouts, before handing the ball over to Tyler Stohr, who pitched a scoreless seventh for the save. Pounds led the offense in the second game as well, with two hits and three RBI. Jordan Lennerton drove in the team's other run.

Posted by: Wez, 4/27


April 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 6, TOLEDO 0 (10)
9-7, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 1
9-6, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 6, LAKELAND 3
7-8, t-3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - PPD: RAIN
10-3, 2nd in Eastern Division

The Mud Hens were blanked on Saturday by Louisville, as they fell into a first place tie with the Bats. Chris Lambert took the loss, giving up four runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Lambert was a victim of the long ball, giving up three home runs. The Toledo offense was very quiet (albeit with productive hitters Danny Worth and Wilkin Ramirez both taking a day off), managing just four hits. Brent Clevlen had a double, the only extra base hit for Toledo.

Luis Marte turned in a gem of an outing as Erie secured another victory on Saturday. Marte allowed just one run, a solo shot, over seven innings, including seven strikeouts. It was Marte's first win of the year. At the plate, Ryan Strieby blasted a two run shot, while Brennan Boesch had two hits including a solo blast. Cale Iorg, who has had a very slow start to the season, has also begun to show signs of breaking out of the slump, ripping an RBI double. On Sunday the 'Wolves will send Dontrelle Willis to the mound on his rehab assignment.

Charlie Furbush took his first loss of the season as the Flying Tigers fell back to a game under .500 with a 6-3 loss to Daytona. Furbush allowed four runs on only three hits, but was hurt by a wild pitch as well as hitting a batter. At the plate, Jeff Kunkel had two hits and an RBI at the plate, with Chris Carlson reaching base three times and scoring a run.

The Whitecaps were rained out on Saturday, but will attempt to make the game up on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.

Posted by: Wez, 4/26


April 24th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, LOUISVILLE 4 (10)
9-6, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 14, HARRISBURG 1
8-6, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, DAYTONA 1
7-7, t-3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, FT WAYNE 3
10-3, 2nd in Eastern Division

Toledo snapped its losing skid with a 5-4 extra inning victory on Friday evening. Ruddy Lugo got the no decision as the starter, allowing four runs in six innings of work before exiting with the 'Hens trailing 4-1. However, a late inning rally knotted the game up at four when Brent Clevlen ripped a two-run single with two outs in the ninth. Clevlen also homered earlier in the game. In the tenth, after reaching base via a single, Brent Dlugach scored on a double by Clete Thomas for the game winner. Freddy Dolsi earned the win for a pitching a scoreless tenth.

Brooks Brown turned in another strong start, but the 'Wolves clearly didn't need it as they jumped all over Harrisburg early en route to a 14-1 triumph. Brown improved to 2-0 for tossing 5 2/3 shutout innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. The long ball led the way for Erie, as the team hit six long balls - two by Deik Scram, plus one each by Ryan Strieby, Scott Sizemore, Max St. Pierre and Max Leon. Strieby drove in four runs total, while Scram and Leon each scored four times.

Despite pitching well so far this season, Thad Weber was 0-2 entering Friday's game. On Friday though, Weber finally got the necessary run support, and turned in another strong start as the Flying Tigers took a 5-1 win. Weber tossed seven shutout innings, with five strikeouts in his first win. The Flying Tigers up-the-middle duo led the way at the plate, each managing two hits, two runs and an RBI.

And finally, the Whitecaps moved within a half game of first place in the Eastern division with their 8-3 win over Fort Wayne. Brandon Hamilton turned in another strong start, this time allowing just one run on three hits in five innings of work. He also struck out five and walked three. Brandon Douglas, Bryan Pounds and Billy Nowlin each had two hits and two RBI, while the Jordan's (Newton and Lennerton each added a home run. One of Nowlin's hits was also a long ball. In relief, Erik Crichton tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball before handing the ball to Tyler Stohr, who retired the final batter to end the game.

Posted by: Wez, 4/25


April 23rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 7, TOLEDO 4
8-6, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, HARRISBURG 3
7-6, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 7, LAKELAND 6
6-7, t-3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 10, FT WAYNE 2
9-3, 2nd in Eastern Division

The Mud Hens lost their fourth straight on Thursday, with Louisville breaking a 4-4 tie in the 8th with a three run inning, which was the difference in the game. Luke French took a no decision as the starter, allowing four runs in six innings of work. Matt Rusch would take the loss in relief, allowing all three Louisville runs in the eighth inning. Danny Worth had a double and a triple from the top of the lineup for Toledo, with Wilkin Ramirez adding two hits, a run and an RBI.

After a rough stretch, the SeaWolves are climbing back, the latest effort an 8-3 victory over Harrisburg. Alfredo Figaro was excellent once again, allowing two runs on just three hits in six innings - Figaro also struck out eight as he improved to 2-0. Max Leon was the star of the offense, with three hits, including a home run, and six runs driven in - three via the home run, the other three scattered throughout the game. Brennan Boesch also added two hits and two runs, and Alex Avila had a hit and an RBI.

Duane Below was outstanding once again, but on Thursday, the bullpen let him down as Lakeland fell 7-6 to Clearwater. Below tossed five innings of no-hit baseball, though he did allow an unearned run to score. Brett Jacobson took the brunt of the damage (and earned the loss in the process), giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. Lakeland surged late to try and come back, but fell a run short. Michael Gosse helped get them there - the recently promoted infielder blasted a three run homer in the ninth to bring the game to within one. Kody Kaiser also added a solo shot in the eighth inning.

The Whitecaps jumped all over Fort Wayne early and often, scoring in each of the first five innings to put the game out of reach early on and cruise to a 10-2 victory. The offense though couldn't outshine Mauricio Robles' outstanding outing - Robles pitched seven innings of shutout, one-hit ball, including eight strikeouts. Everyone got in on the action at the plate, with five 'Caps pulling off multi-hit games. Jordan Lennertion had a home run and three RBI, Luis Palacios also added a solo shot and Brent Wyatt and Ronnie Bourquin each scored a pair of runs.

Posted by: Wez, 4/24


April 22nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 10, TOLEDO 2
8-5, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 4, ERIE 3
6-6, t-3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, CLEARWATER 1
6-6, 3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FT WAYNE 7, WEST MICHIGAN 5
8-3, 2nd in Eastern Division

On another chilly night in downtown Toledo, Ron Chiavacci never found a groove as the Indians rolled to a 10-2 victory over Toledo. Chiavacci was chased after just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits. Joel Zumaya looked good once again, allowing only a double down the line (that probably shouldn't have been a hit) while recording two strikeouts. Brent Dlugach led the offensive charge with a pair of solo homers over the left field fence - Don Kelly also added three hits.

Erie was able to complete the game that started on Tuesday on Wednesday, but couldn't get the second game due to persistent rain. Jon Kibler was the starter, but tossed just two innings before giving way to Zach Simons. Simons allowed a run over three innings, but it would be Cody Satterwhite that would take the loss due to a pair of wild pitches that allowed a walked batter to come all the way home. Max Leon got the 'Wolves on the board early with a two run homer, with Alex Avila adding a pair of hits and an RBI.

The Flying Tigers jumped all over Clearwater in the middle innings, walking away with a 7-1 victory. Andrew Hess picked up the victory with five shutout innings, striking out four and walking none. Robbie Weinhardt didn't pick up a save, but struck out the side in the ninth to wrap up the win. Audy Ciriaco and Chris Carlson each had two hits and two RBI, including a solo home run for each. Kody Kaiser also had two hits and two RBI.

It was a rough day for the Whitecaps bullpen on Wednesday evening in their 7-5 loss to Fort Wayne. Luke Putkonen took a no decision as the starter, battling his control for a bit as well - he allowed three runs over 3 1/3 innings. Anthony Shawler came in to stop the bleeding, but struggled in the seventh inning, allowing the go-ahead runs on base, and Brayan Villareal couldn't hold them there, taking the blown save. Each of the top four Whitecaps hitters had a hit and a run scored.

Posted by: Wez, 4/23


April 21st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 13, TOLEDO 10
8-4, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - SSPD: RAIN
6-5, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 4, LAKELAND 0
5-6, t-4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, FT WAYNE 2
8-2, 2nd in Eastern Division

It was an offensive showcase on Tuesday evening, with Toledo's late push coming up short. Scot Drucker wasn't as strong as he had been in his first two starts, he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Fu-Te Ni came on to try and stop the bleeding but was also ineffective, allowing four more runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work. The one bright spot from the mound was the rehab appearance of Joel Zumaya - Zumaya pitched a perfect eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts as he works to make his way back to Detroit. Mike Hessman had a grand slam for the 'Hens, while most of the rest of the production came from the bottom of the order - Ryan Roberson, Brent Dlugach, Clete Thomas and Dusty Ryan combined for nine hits and six RBI.

The SeaWolves got part of their game in, before finally succumbing to the rain. They will play a doubleheader on Wednesday to attempt to make up one of the two games missed, as well as completing the scheduled game for Wednesday.

The Flying Tigers got shut out on Tuesday evening against Clearwater. The good news was that the losing pitcher actually provided plenty of encouragement - that being Dontrelle Willis. Willis got through seven innings, and while he did allow four runs on eight hits, he hit the strike zone consistently, and didn't walk a batter. At the plate he didn't get much support. Michael Bertram had a good game at the plate, with two hits (including a double) and two walks, and Roger Tomas added a pair of hits as well.

The Whitecaps handed Fort Wayne their first loss of the season, led by an interesting start by Casey Crosby. Crosby made it just 3 1/3 innings, but he didn't allow a hit in that stretch. He did however walk six batters, which resulted in his early exit. Matt Hoffman came in, and did allow a run, but earned the win for tossing 3 2/3 innings of solid relief. Eric Crichton pitched the ninth to earn his first save. Brandon Douglas and Jordan Newton led the charge for the offense, with Douglas having three hits and a pair of runs scored, and Newton with two hits and two RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 4/22


April 20th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
8-3, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - PPD: RAIN
6-5, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
5-5, t-3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - PPD: RAIN
7-2, 2nd in Eastern Division

Toledo and Lakeland were off, while Erie and West Michigan succumbed to the rainstorm moving through the Midwest. The 'Wolves will play a doubleheader on Tuesday evening, no word yet on West Michigan's make up date.

Posted by: Wez, 4/21



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